Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Elijah Mosley's sidekick?

2. What can the men do to Spunk in Chapter 2?

3. Who is Spunk dating after his trial?

4. Who gave Lena the house she lives in?

5. What is Elijah's role in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the court decided that Spunk acted out of self-defense?

2. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told? Why is this important?

3. How is the fact that Spunk is not able to use his gun to kill the bobcat ironic?

4. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

5. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

6. What is the wake for Spunk like?

7. Describe the differences between Joe and Spunk.

8. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

9. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

10. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character in Hurston's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

Essay Topic 2

How is the concept of the supernatural implemented throughout Hurston's novel?

Essay Topic 3

What is the tone of "Spunk"? Why would Hurston choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

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